About the Children’s Department: My Christmas Carol for Today – The Little Drummer Boy

Another favorite Christmas Carol is the Little Drummer Boy – and Pentatonix sings it at this link. I thought you might enjoy some history about this well-known song. “Before it became world famous as the ‘Little Drummer Boy,’ the song was originally titled ‘Carol of the Drums’ because of the repeating line ‘pa rum pum pum pum,’ which imitates the sound of a drum.

It’s not certain who wrote the song, but the ‘Little Drummer Boy’ is believed to have been written by Katherine K. Davis in 1941. The song lyrics are said to be based on an old Czech carol. It was recorded for Decca as ‘Carol of the Drum’ by the Trapp Family Singers in 1951 and credited to Davis.

If you would like to sing along the lyrics are here – 

Come they told me
pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see
pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring
pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King
pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum

rum pum pum pum

So to honor Him
pa rum pum pum pum
When we come

Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum pa rum

Little baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give our king
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you
Pa rum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum

Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my best for Him
pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum

rum pum pum pum

Then He smiled at me
pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.


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